A delay in the vote, combined with dropping the civil union provision, would be the second best option, in that it would give supporters of the proposed amendment time to come to their senses before putting the issue to a statewide referendum.
For now, the measure has passed from the House to the Senate, where it goes to the Senate Rules and Legislature Procedure Committee for a hearing on Feb. 10. If the Senate approves the House version, that would put it off until a later year. If the Senate returns the original language, then the House would either have to accept the original language or the matter would go to a conference committee, with an indefinite future.
Regardless, it appears Indiana, which has been deeply divided on same-sex marriage, is headed for weeks more of fighting over what seems to be an unnecessary and time-wasting disagreement.
We are wasting time that could be better spent on such important and legitimate issues as education and taxes.
— Evansville Courier & Press